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With the main intent of moving from a mere rudimentary system, the Ministry of Health through its Government Analyst-Food and Drugs Department, has engaged plans to introduce a full-fledge scheme to monitor the importation of medical devices.According to Food and Drugs Director,Cheap NFL Jerseys China, Marilyn Collins, the Government Analyst has the mandate to monitor medical devices to ensure that they confirm to the principal of safety and performance. However, she revealed that over the years this area has remained unregulated.At a meeting held in the Ministry’s Boardroom,Wholesale Jerseys, yesterday, the main focus was on the importation of medical test kits. And the primary participants were some of the legitimate importers of medical devices, including test kits.“We have decided to regulate the importation of medical devices. As we look at this area we note the multiplicity of medical devices and the complexity of it and in evaluation we have decided that medical test kits would be a good area to start in terms of the regularisation process,” Collins pointed out yesterday.She alluded to the fact that test kits are very important medical implements that are not only needed within the public health analytical system but also for personal monitoring of chronic diseases.She explained, too, that the data that evolves from such test kits are in fact very important in terms of the treatment of diseases. To date, she revealed that efforts have been made to compile an inventory of test kits that are available on the local market.“It is a growing document, it is still in progress and we will continue to look at it….” the Food and Drug Director added. But in order to execute this process a number of departments within the Ministry of Health must work together as a team.“The Food and Drug Department will collaborate with the National Public Health Laboratory, the Georgetown Public Hospital Laboratory, the Director of Technical Standards as well as the Guyana Bureau of Standards,Cheap NHL Jerseys China,” Collins noted.Yesterday’s meeting was designed in a manner to present the importers in attendance with the requirements that have been worked out and the approval systems that have been put in place for the importation of test kits. Collins was optimistic that at the end of the forum the Ministry would have gained the support of the various importers “as we pursue the regularisation of this article in the interest of consumers’ health and safety.”The meeting was graced by Minister of Health, Dr Leslie Ramsammy,Wholesale Jerseys, who regarded it as an “important event and marks another step in our direction to, in unity and solidarity,Wholesale Nike NFL Jerseys, provide the Guyanese people with the safest and the most effective testing that is possible.”“We have to do this together…If it is only the Ministry’s objective it becomes a kind of acrimonious environment where you want to do your thing and we want to do our thing. What we want to do is to present to the Guyanese people something that we are doing together…”Minister Ramsammy said that the Food and Drug Analyst Act makes provision for the regulation of the importation and the distribution of medical supplies and of commodities.  As such, he noted that the same law is intended to regulate the test kits as well.“The law regulates how these things can come in and be distributed…Maybe the law is not all encompassing as yet; maybe there are things that we need to do to make it better but there is a law and there is an obligation of the country, an obligation of the Ministry to safeguard people’s health and an obligation of importers and suppliers.”In addition, he noted that the onus is also on citizens to ensure that the very minimal of the law is upheld.He said though that the law in its current state does not address all devices in a comprehensive way as it was not envisage the provision of testing for people would be done outside of hospitals and health centres.The field of personal testing,Soccer Jerseys From China, he asserted is growing. He observed that it is not unusual to find that many people are undertaking testing processes at home. According to the Minister, he is acutely aware that pharmacies are even offering the public saliva test for the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) at home.He warned though that there is a need for the relevant authority to ensure that such tests are regulated in a manner that people are getting safe commodities and that people are getting commodities for which they pay.“This is the first of several meetings because we also have to talk about some of the things we don’t really cater for in the laws. There are some of you who are well aware of the availability of different kinds of test kits such as dengue and malaria…not many, but there are different makers of these tests and sometimes they use different technologies.”Further, the Minister cautioned that importing medical devices should not be mainly driven by the cost factor, adding that “we in Government are also faced with that…Sometimes when we tender-out sometimes price is a factor, and we have to convince some other authority that the higher price we are willing to pay is because we have a device that is more effective or more reproducible.”
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